Thursday, 8 October 2009


Inspiration - The basis of our summer brief. To analyse and critically review any material that we find inspirational. This brief was given to us at the beginning of what is probably our last ever summer holiday, which I wasn’t too pleased about – having to do work over our last summer!?

However, once I finally started blogging, I got quite into it and found it very interesting.

To begin with, I was not looking out for inspiration, but thought I would let it come to me, for inspirational material to leap out and catch my attention. This approach was not very effective and you can probably tell from the very limited blog entries from early on in the summer.

However, during my travels over the summer, I went around all these cities looking at all their architecture and museums, and at the time I didn’t even realise how inspirational it all was. It was only once I was home looking through my photos that I realised and thought it would be perfect to blog. Literally, some of the architecture was mind boggling, the stand out piece for me being the Cathedral in Barcelona – simply phenomenal. Obviously, other modern places such as the apple store and the Guggenheim in New York were brilliant as well, but in a different way.

I have noticed in my blog that there are quite a lot of music related posts. Music is a big part of my life, whether its playing or listening, I have always been influenced by it. One of my entries was about the artist Kandinsky, who’s art was influenced by the music he listened to as he painted it. I would love to be able to be influenced by music in this way – to be able to draw what I hear. Not only that, but the death of Michael Jackson, another of my posts, shook the world. Only a few weeks before he supposed to start his 50 date tour, he passed away. So many people heartbroken and sad that they would never get to see him live again. I for one was really sad, especially as I had tickets for what was supposed to be the greatest show on earth…

This brief has made me take much more notice of all the advertisements and other similar things in the world that are constantly around me. We are supposed to see something like 3000 advertisements every day in our lives that I never used to think was possible. But after this brief, now I have started to take notice of a lot more things around me, I’m starting to think that it must be pretty close to 3000!

An example of this is in one of my recent posts, after seeing Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs in 3D at the cinema, I went to the toilet and noticed an ‘FCUK’ advertising on my way out and thought it was really clever. Usually I wouldn’t have taken a second glance at it, but this brief has made me much more aware of advertisements, and I even went over and had a good look at it and a brief analysis in my head.

I feel even though the deadline for this brief is fast approaching, that I should still continue to blog things that inspire me. Viewing and commenting on fellow peer’s blogs has been very inspirational as well. I have noticed that a lot of my peer’s are inspired by a lot of similar things to me, however, they are also inspired by completely different things that I would not even consider to be very inspirational. Yet, on the other hand, I have seen a lot of things on others blogs that have inspired me.

Hopefully, soaking up all this inspiration over the summer can help inspire me with my work this year and I’ll be able to come up with some good stuff.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Street Art

I think this sort of street art is very imaginative. The perspective that it has to be drawn for it to work is ridiculous. I have included an example of this below. Not only is the actual artwork very good, but the fact that you can interact with them like the man in the picture above just ads even more to them.

Below is an example of the perspective that these images have to be drawn at in order to see them properly at one angle.